Almost every weekend you can find Honey rocking on his back porch enjoying a frosty beverage while he watches one sporting event or another. For years I have asked him to collect the colorful bottle caps. They were too pretty to throw away!
It’s a good thing I did because the boys and I used the bottle caps to create an awesome piece of Bottle Cap Art for Honey’s Father’s Day gift!
Supplies for creating Bottle Cap Art
250-300 flattened bottle caps
16″ x 20″ canvas
hot glue gun & lots of glue
needle nose pliers
Flattening the bottle caps was a great job for the boys. We needed a lot so it kept them busy for an afternoon. I only had to break up a few fights over which one had the best whammer-hammer!
Each of us developed our own technique for flatten the caps but there were a few things we learned.
Tips for flattening bottle caps:
- Use a heavy hammer (a large rubber mallet worked okay but the heavy duty hammer was the one they fought over)
- Start with the cap upside down on a concrete surface (we did our work on the garage floor)
- Pound on the caps until they are flat as can be (the flatter the cap the easier they are to glue down)
Prep the canvas by painting it black. Black spray paint made it a super quick job!
Next use a pencil to draw out the shape you would like to create. Since it’s for Honey’s back porch, I decided to make the shape of the state we live in: South Carolina. But you can choose any shape you’d like.
Before I began to hot glue bottle caps down all willy-nilly I laid out the design to see what it would look like. I realized very quickly we needed more caps to over the entire canvas.
“Boy children! Back to whammer-hammering!”
When you are ready start hot gluing caps along the bottom then add rows as you go. It’s really like a giant puzzle. You have to search for caps that will fit into each space. Use the needle nose pliers to create caps with straight edges. Just bend and flatten with the pliers.
Hint: Prop up the canvas then walk away for a few minutes. Then stand back and take a look at your design. This will help you “see” how your artwork is developing.
Ask others to look at the piece if you can. Big Boy just completed fourth grade so he should know what our state looks like. I knew I was on the right track when he said, “Hey Mama! That does look like South Carolina!”
Our Bottle Cap Artwork looks fabulous on Honey’s back porch!
The boys are so excited to show their Daddy what we made for him!
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